Feb 21, 2013 6:00pm PST
groundwater with the hexavalent chromium the same chemical at the heart of erin brockovich. >> yes, the water is poisonous. >> my family had five members and four of us had cancer. >> in a letter fibrotech says it didn't cause the contamination but is cleaning up. shirley wants to know why the company is using a permit that expired 16 years ago. it says it's working to renew the permit. >> how would you assess the permitting and enforcement happening right now? what kind of letter grade? >> that's a great question. i don't have a letter grade. >> the day after our interview, director rafael sent out this internal memo telling staff 22 of the state's 118 license facilities are working with outdated permits and writes the agency must review the permitting program. when it comes to the transportation of hazardous waste, sources say record keeping is so bad, regulators don't really know which toxic substances are going where. we analyzed the last 13 years of dtsc reports and found 44% of the entries listed blank or unknown when it came to what type of toxic waste was being transported.